Competent Persons Scheme Course Changes

Recently, we have had to make some changes to our course structure in order to abide by the industry standards that are changing in 1st September 2021. In order so people can continue to partake in a Competent Persons Scheme we have made changes to our Intermediate and Professional Package.

 

Intermediate Package

 

Before, our Intermediate Package contained qualifications that would have allowed you to be a part of a Competent Persons Scheme as a Domestic Installer within 20 working days. Now that has increased to 30 working days as different qualifications have been introduced and the pricing is £3,389. Link is here

 

The Intermediate Package has the following qualifications:

 

 

The package will also include introductory training so people without no previous experience can attend.

 

Professional Package

 

Whereas the Professional Package would also allow you to partake in the Competent Persons Scheme as a Domestic Installer, only it goes on for 40 working days and includes training for commercial installation, testing and verification. Link is here

 

The Professional Package has the following qualifications:

 

 

Again, the package will also include introductory training so people without no previous experience can attend.

 

The previous courses are still ongoing if you are interested in them, mostly on the weekend. So please go ahead and check individual courses if interested, click here

 

If you may have any questions, you can contact 019992 413503 or email info@learntradeskills.co.uk and we will get back to you.

Changes to the Competent Persons Scheme

Serious changes have happened in the industry to become an electrician and partake in the Competent Persons Scheme (CPS) that you should be aware of. From 1st September 2021 onwards, the current method of becoming a Qualified Supervisor will change.

 

On top of the qualifications you must hold with our previous Intermediate or Professional Package, you will be expected to achieve a Level 3 qualifications in Electrical Installations to be a Domestic Installer or Commercial Inspector. Therefore, from the moment these rules come into play, our normal DEI 2020 courses will not suffice to be eligible for the Competent Persons Scheme.

 

Therefore, if you want to be an electrical worker that is recognised as a Qualified Supervisor and want to certify your own work in dwellings, you will have to attain an extra Level 3 Electrical Installations course. We have now incorporated this course within our current packages, inevitably extending the course length slightly.

 

 

What is the Competent Persons Scheme?

 

The Competent Persons Scheme was in place to allow any individual or business to self-certify their own work to show their work complies with Part P of the Building Regulations. Thus, for anyone that wants to certify their own work or any others in domestic or commercial buildings, they must register with the Competent Person Scheme.

 

Therefore, in order to become a Domestic Installer  to certify dwellings or a Commercial Installer to do commercial installations and verifications, but not a fully-fledged electrician with a JIB Gold Card Status, you would have to sign up to a body like NAPIT. Here there will be practical assessments and inspections carried out by NAPIT to ensure you competency.

 

This is done to protect the health and safety of the public and not risk any fires or electric shocks from the electrical installation work you carry out as enforced by Part P of the Building Regulations.

 

 

What else is changing?

 

The Electrotechnical Assessment Specification (EAS) is the document that outlines what is required to be eligible for the Competent Person Scheme through a body such as NAPIT. Within this document lies the changes that are making the current process more difficult to be a part of the CPS.

 

Along with the changes that require an extra Level 3 Electrical Installations course, you will be expected to do a lot more admin work as there will be more record-keeping expected. For all electrical work carried out by yourself or a business, you will need to maintain records of that work which include reports, certificates, drawings, specifications etc. for a minimum of 6 years.

 

Additionally, businesses who carry out EICR’s will require a professional indemnity insurance worth at least £250,000.

 

To find out more click this line here.

 

What Options Do I have?

 

We have revamped both our Intermediate and Professional Package so that you can still be eligible for the Competent Persons Scheme as stated out in the EAS. These courses take longer than they use to be as you are required to do an extra Level 3 Electrical Installations course but this is an industry standard now.

 

From here, you can decide to carry on with our Four Steps to Success and pursue to be a fully-fledged Electrician and hold the right to hold an ECS Gold Card.

 

Contact us

 

If you have any further questions, you can email us here info@learntradeskills.co.uk or call us on 01992 413503.

 

Check our Electrical Courses here

 

Is Being an Electrician Hard Work?

When you know that electricians are earning an average of £38,000 a year in London and some are even earning up to £156,000 as reported by studies (click here for more info), it can sound like a very inviting career avenue to invest in.

 

Not only is this the best paid trade career, there is a lot of perks that come with it. One of the biggest ones being that you will not be stuck behind a desk all day and work varies all the time.

 

But the question is of course, is it hard work to be an electrician? Depending on which electrician you ask, you are more than likely to get diverse answers but just like anything in this world, nothing is easy that is worth having.

 

Things you may require!

 

If you want to be successful at anything you do, you have to work hard. The same goes for being an electrician. You will have to go through training before you can work in the field and start to get some experience as this field of work can be very dangerous and you must know how to stay safe when working.

 

To encapsulate the basic qualifications you require before working in the field, we have compiled a Basic Electricians Package that lasts 13 working days and has the following qualifications:

 

 

At this point, you may wish to either start gaining experience by working as an electricians’ mate or carry on training. Our Intermediate Package which lasts 20 working days also has the following additional qualifications that will allow you to certify domestic buildings:

 

 

Many decide to take up our Professional Package which last for 30 working days long and has the following extra qualifications that will allow you to be a Commercial Inspector by certifying both Commercial and Domestic buildings and be recognised as a Qualified Supervisor under the CPS:

 

 

As you can see this requires vigorous training and testing in order to complete significant electrical work in the field. From then on, you can decide if you want the ECS Gold card to get the “Approved Electrician” status, which will require you to do an NVQ Occupational Assessment and AM2 exam. You can find out more information here.

The good news is, we offer a number of these qualifications at Learn Trade Skills and you browse through them to see which one you might fancy. The additional benefit provided by our training centre is that you can get to a qualified status quite quickly with our qualifications. It is a lot of hard work and you will need to do a lot of exams but you will get to a position where you can earn significant money significantly quickly instead of the traditional college route.

 

So, you would effectively get more bang for your buck with our Professional Package than any other college or training centre.

 

What about the job?

 

Your job can drastically vary from day to day working in the field. This could mean that some days will be harder than others. Candidates who opt for this career route always enjoy the variety of work that comes with it as there can be a diverse set of works and projects in diverse sets of scenarios. Therefore, sparks tend to be satisfied with their line of work.

 

You will find that you can do jobs easier as you gain experience, hence why we want you to achieve your qualifications quickly so you can work on the field and earn money.

 

The risky part of the job is that you will be working with live electric and if you do not take precautions, you can seriously hurt yourself and others. So, in that sense it is stimulating to always remain within electrical regulations. But you will know how to be safe at all times after our courses which will make the risk very minimal as long as you stay vigilant.

 

If you are considering an electrical career then do check our package courses here:

 

Gift Ideas for Electricians

Summer is here!

 

This is a wonderful time to think of gift ideas for the special people in your life to celebrate the sunny weather. We thought it would be a great idea to compile a list of gift ideas for Electricians as we know it is not always easy to buy gifts for Electricians. Whether it is a t-shirt or some socks, or whether it is some tools or a cup, here is a list of 7 things we thought would be a great idea to gift.

 

 

  1. Premium Tool Kit

Whether you are thinking to buy for an Electrician who has newly set out or an experienced Electrician with aging toolkits, this premium toolkit would put a smile on any Electricians face. We suggest this 18 Piece tool kit which includes everything an Electrician may need. Whether it is a junior hacksaw, automatic wire striper, side-cutters, screwdrivers, lock knife or 5m measuring tape, this tool kit has it all. We saw this on Screwfix for £199.99.

 

 

 

  1. Insulated Travel Mug

 

Any Electrician would like a ‘cuppa’ more than any other average person. What’s better than an average ‘cuppa’ is a hot one and this insulated travel mug does just that. We all know Electricians would be on the move at all times, so this would be a perfect thoughtful gift. Yeti is selling this one for £29.99

 

 

  1. Electricians Pouch

 

 

For the organised Electrician in our lives this would be a handy gift idea. This pouch would allow an Electrician to carry their equipment with them at all times, whenever they need it. These are some of the features of this pouch: Strap-belt System, Anti-Slip Webbing, 3L Technology, 3D Shaped Pouches, Real Leather, Durable Riveting and Elastic Loops. We saw this pouch for £27 at TOOLDEN.

 

 

  1. Stud Finder

 

 

This Stud Finder would be useful to an Electrician who may be search for the stud centre or its edges. It also helps with finding metal piping or possible live wire or anything else he/she may be trying to safely detect before going ahead with any works. This would be a handy addition to keep an Electrician safe and saves the time. We saw this on Amazon for £21.99.

 

 

 

  1. Head Torch

If the Electrician in your life is working in areas that may not have light or at night, this is the perfect life saver tool. Never will they have to work in the dark again as this useful Head Torch will give them the light that they need and will be reusable as it is rechargeable. If you want this Head Torch, go over to Screwfix to buy for £29.99

 

  1. Funny Electrician T-Shirt

 

This t-shirt made us laugh when we saw it. For the humorous Electrician you may have in your life, we spotted this for £11.95 on Etsy.

 

 

  1. Safety Glasses

Safety is obviously a reoccurring theme for Electrician’s and this affordable but crucial safety glasses is a must. They will protect Electricians from any flying objects that may dangerously hit their eye as they complete their work. This one is going for £7.98 at Safetec Direct.

How Hard Is It To Become An Electrician in the UK?

If you are reading this article, it is very likely you are considering a career to become an Electrician. It is a very valid question to ask how hard it may be to become an electrician, as there is a multitude of opinions on this matter.

 

But the good news is, sparks are here to stay as long as we depend on electricity as a society and for this reason, it is a brilliant career to invest in. We have broken this article into sections to help answer some of the questions you may have in your mind.

 

 

What it Takes to Become an Electrician

 

Here’s a list of skills and personalities that is generally expected from Electricians:

 

  • Physical Capacity – you would be expected to be physically able and not limited by serious disabilities as this is a very physical career where you may be expected to climb ladders, crawl or dig etc. A usual day for an Electrician would be on their feet.

 

  • Basic Maths – a usual expectancy would be that you can comprehend simple algebra to understand the science around electricity when working with it. You will be taught this during your courses.

 

  • Communication Skills – you will be dealing with other people consistently and you would be expected to both be able to have problem solving skills and have capacity to communicate with people well.

 

  • Satisfactory Balance – You are more than likely to be on ladders and possibly other high places so good balance would be expected along with reasonable motor skills.

 

 

How Hard is it to Become an Electrician?

 

Becoming an electrician is not as hard as you may think and at times specific areas that are discussed may seem daunting but do not despair, as you do not have to rush. Take things one step at a time.

 

Frankly there is more than one way to become an Electrician but we recommend our 4 Steps to Success which you can read about more here.

 

With our chosen route you will be qualified to complete a lot of different electrical work within 30 working days and start gaining experience as you expand your qualifications.

 

Your success will depend on how many hours you can prescribe to studying and your willingness to succeed. Soon after you will complete an occupational assessment which our training centre will help in regards to finding an occupation. For which you can then progress decisively towards an AM2 exam.

 

 

How to Find an Electrician Apprenticeship?

 

As mentioned before, you can go onto completing an NVQ Occupational Assessment (which the link is here). Do not worry about finding an apprenticeship as the best way to do so is with your local trainers. Our trainers are well connected and can help you find the apprenticeship you seek.

 

We will work with you every step of the way until we use up all are connections and networks to find you an apprenticeship so you can proceed with your career. Another method to help you would be to list all the electrical contractors within the area you would be willing to work in and pop in and ask them in person for the possibility of working as an apprentice. We are sure that when you show this level of commitment that someone will take you on.

 

 

Length of Becoming an Electrician

 

This is a serious commitment and you will be investing towards this your whole life and will continuously expand your qualifications, capacity and experience along the way. So, in reality there is no end, only how far you would like to go and achieve what you want to achieve.

 

For instance, to have the necessary qualifications to become a Domestic Electrical Installer you will have to complete our Intermediate Electrician Package which lasts for 20 working days and thereafter you will just be required to gain further experience on the field. Similarly, if you want to be a Commercial Electrical Inspector that carries out both Domestic and Commercial work, then you will need to complete our Professional Electrician Package for 30 working days and then carry on with gaining experience.

 

If your ambition is to be an Approved Electrician, you will have to go through our 4 Steps to Success which would be to go through our Professional Electrician Package lasting 30 working days (click here for more info), then study a Level 2 and Level 3 Electrotechnical Craft Diploma which is also known as 2365 for about 4 months (click here for more info), then complete your NVQ Level 3 Occupational Assessment that could last between 6 – 18 months (click here for more info) and finally complete an AM2 Assessment.

 

So, in total, this whole process typically last 2-3 years but the idea of our Professional Electrician Package is so you can gain all the qualifications needed quickly to complete electrical work and start earning money as you continue to invest in your career.

 

 

How Much Does this all Cost?

 

Depending on what qualifications and experience you want to achieve, costing will vary. For instance, our Professional Electrician Package costs £3,429.

 

If you want to proceed with the Level 2 and 3 Electrotechnical Craft Diplomas then that would cost you £6,299.

 

A Level 3 NVQ Occupational Assessment would cost you from £1,299.

 

An AM2 exam can typically cost your around £800.

 

So, all of these qualifications in total would cost you around £11,800. But as mentioned before it depends how far you want to take your qualifications and whether you want to hold the “Approved Electrician” status.

 

The idea regarding our Professional Electrician Package is that we get you to a capacity where you can legally carry out the certifying, installing, testing, verifying and inspecting of domestic and commercial properties at relatively efficient paces so that you can start earning money quickly and that you can proceed with your career in the method you would like knowing that you can now fund it.

 

 

Is it Worth it?

 

Electricians on average earn £34,000 which goes up to £38,000 in London. This is continuously rising as electricians are always in demand. Some electricians are reported to be earning up to £156,000, which you can read about here. It is currently the highest paid skilled trade.

 

Many thousands of Electricians enjoy their career and it will always be in demand as long as society depends on electricity. It is well worth the investment and well worth you further investing into your career as time goes.

 

Work always varies and it is unlikely you will be bored by it.

 

We hope this article helped answer some of your questions and that you  well and truly believe that it is worth your time to become an Electrician!

 

 

University or Vocational Training Course?

Continuously, every year we see statistics highlighting how there has been records in the number of students who have been enrolled to do a University course. (FT Article)

 

In most cases, University is always emphasised as the natural path of progression and the default path for anyone after Sixth form or College.

 

However, this does not always pay off and in this article, we will highlight how vocational courses like electric, gas and plumbing, can be more rewarding than an average University degree.

 

We have compared and contrasted the Price, Time, Class Density, Requirements and Career Options for either path of University Degree or Vocational Training down below.

 

Price

 

The biggest obstacle to either University or Vocational Training Courses is resources needed to finance it. UK university fees stand at an average £9,200 a year. For 3 years that is £27,600. Most people will need to take a student loan for this, meaning with interest, this expense is a £50,000 debt. You will have to start paying this back, once you start earning £25,000, which you would be hoping to earn once you do graduate.

 

On the contrary, vocational training courses usually cost anywhere in the region of £5,000-£7,000. At Learn Trade Skills, an electrician course costs around £3,500. Click here for more info. With these qualifications you could complete and certify both domestic and commercial electrical installation and start earning money quickly. From here you can carry on investing in your qualifications through other courses.

 

 

Time

 

A usual university courses would last at least 3 years maybe more depending on the course. If you wanted to progress even further into that field, you could do a Masters degree which would last at least a year and there on a PhD, which could potentially last as long as an additional 8 years.

 

Vocational training courses are usually much quicker than that. On average, it takes a student 1-2 years to complete. With our Professional Electrician Package, you can gain the necessary qualifications required to do domestic and commercial work within 30 working days. You can start earning money in 30 working days and earn around £30k a year. Read this article for more detail.

 

 

Class Density

 

Commonly, universities usually have around 100 people in a standard lecture and around 1525 in a seminar.

 

Whereas in vocational training, classes tend to be much more focused towards 10 students. Learn Trade Skills for instance limits each class size to a maximum of 10 or 12 therefore giving you a better one to one experience with your trainer.

 

 

Requirements

 

It is compulsory to have some sort of qualifications equivalent to A-levels to be offered a position at University. Depending on the course and University, the expected number of A-Levels and grades will vary, however this is usually expected to be around three A-Levels with B grades on average.

 

Vocational Training would not have the same level of high requirements. Many training centres, like Learn Trade Skills, will ask for a minimum of English and Maths A*-C grades to take you on. However, some other training centres may ask for up to 5. With electrician courses, you would also require not to be colour-blind to be able to identify cable colours correctly.

 

 

Career Options

 

University student’s employability depends upon the degree that the student studies. You can expect this to be hard if you have studied a degree that is not heavily sought after. Now that 50% of students go down the avenue of studying a degree after Sixth Form or College, the market is oversaturated and millions of graduates are now either unemployed or overqualified for positions they work in.

 

After a Vocational Training course, it is general practice for you to find employment at a quicker pace. Many who enter into a trades industry work self-employed and as written in our article about How Much Electricians Earn? (which you can click here for), electricians are in heavy demand and earn around £40k+ (in London) on average. Simply because there is a lack of them in the market and high demand as we will always need tradespeople.

 

 

Conclusion

 

Truly, the only way for university to pay off, is if it is essential for career progression in a particular industry like medicine, law, dentistry, engineering or architecture. Otherwise, you can saddle yourself with a lot of debt and not receive the financial benefit of it.

 

Nonetheless, you should always do whatever you feel like is the right thing for you and the career you want and this article is only here so you can consider all your options and that you do not feel pressured to do anything over the other.

Reports of Electricians Earning up to £156,000 a Year

Due to a massive skill shortage in the UK it is reported by recruitment firm Manpower and published also in the Daily Mail that some electricians are earning up to £156,000, which means they are making £3,000 a week.

 

This is a significantly high sum reported and enthuses us as a training centre to teach and qualify people to fulfil their ambitions as an electrician. It would mean that some electricians earn more than the Prime Minister of this country.

 

There is also an ONS Study published in November 2020 exemplifying how the average earning of an electrician in the UK has increased almost by 9% since 2017 to £33,495 in 2020. This figure stands at a higher £37,529 in London. It just shows how much demand there is for electricians in this country and that it is a good avenue of trade to practice.

 

With an anticipated increase of 56% in global construction work by 2020, this makes it a perfect career to invest in. It is reported that electricians are the best paid tradesmen around the world.

 

 

But How Realistic Is This?

 

Usually, electricians earning high sums of money are established self-employed electricians. Self-employed electricians can expect to be paid around £35,000-£40,000 a year in London & South East. This sum could be much higher as reported in the studies above.

 

Electricians can expect to earn around £40-£80 per hour for normal work they can envisage to do. For instance, when conducting an installation for an electric cooker, you can expect to earn £50-£80 for a 0.5hr-1hr job. Similarly, a light fitting replacement could be charged at around £40-£60, again for a 0.5.hr-1hr job.

 

 

Key To Earning More?

 

To be a electrician earning high sums of money, reputation is a key thing that needs to be developed by any self-employed electrician aiming to earn high sums of money as stated in this article.

 

You should expect to do a lot of hard work and conduct them at a high standard. You should also be keeping your promises and turn up to places you said you will on time, to ensure dependability. These things in turn, will encourage people to recommend you to others and that is what you would want as a self-employed electrician.

 

Finally, always but always look to invest in yourself by increasing your knowledge and qualifications where you can. That way you could be doing more challenging work that you can expect to earn more for as there will be less and less people with the same level of qualifications as you.

 

So make sure you check our electrical courses here and see how you can invest in yourself.